Healthy Vegetarian Recipes: Roasted Veggie Mac & Cheese, Meaty Cheesy Rollatini

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Here at Hungryland, we love vegetables, and we LOVE comfort food. Today, we're serving up guilt-free comfort food crammed with veggies (and no meat!). Enjoy...

Hungry Girl's Roasted Veggie Mac & Cheese
Roasted Veggie Mac & Cheese

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 217 calories, 4.5g fat, 600mg sodium, 34g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 11.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Roasting is one of the smartest (& tastiest!) things you can do to a vegetable. So is smothering it in no-guilt cheese sauce. Here we've done both. You're welcome.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups broccoli florets
Half of a medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, rings intact
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked high-fiber elbow macaroni
3 slices 2% milk American cheese
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Evenly lay veggies on the baking sheet. Spray with nonstick spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender and slightly blackened, 20 - 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium-large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta, and place in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover to keep warm.

Roughly chop cooked veggies, and add to the bowl.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese slices and cheese wedges, breaking them into pieces. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well. Microwave for another 30 seconds, or until cheeses have melted. Stir well, and add mixture to the pasta and veggies.

Thoroughly stir to coat. If needed, microwave until hot. Enjoy!


Hungry Girl's Meaty Cheesy Rollatini
Meaty Cheesy Rollatini

1/4th of recipe (2 rolls): 314 calories, 7.5g fat, 766mg sodium, 32.5g carbs, 11.5g fiber, 13g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

It's like beefy cannelloni without the meat and pasta. Not the prettiest recipe on the block, but its deliciousness knows no bounds!

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes

1 large eggplant, ends removed, cut lengthwise into 8 slices
2 cups finely chopped brown mushrooms
2 cups frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or MorningStar Farms)
1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese (or HG Alternative) 

1/2 cup chopped basil

1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)

1/4 tsp. black pepper

4 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets and a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Lay eggplant slices on the baking sheets, and bake for 10 minutes. Flip slices. Bake until soft, about 10 more minutes. Leave oven on.

Meanwhile, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir chopped mushrooms and soy crumbles until mushrooms have softened and soy crumbles are hot, about 5 minutes.

Place mushroom-crumble mixture in a large bowl. Add ricotta cheese, basil, egg substitute, and pepper. Add 2 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. onion powder. Thoroughly mix.

Lay eggplant slices in front of you with the short sides on the top and bottom. Distribute mixture among the bottoms of the eggplant slices. Roll up each slice around the mixture, and place them in a single layer in the baking dish, seam sides down. (Depending on the size of your eggplant, the rolls may be super stuffed!)

In a medium bowl, mix crushed tomatoes with Italian seasoning. Stir in remaining 2 tsp. garlic powder and remaining 1/2 tsp. onion powder. Cover rolls with tomato mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!


HG Alternative! Can't find fat-free ricotta? Go for low-fat or light (not part-skim). Then each serving will have 331 calories, 10.5g fat, 32g carbs, and 32.5g protein (PointsPlus® value 8*).

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